How many books are in the bible: old testament and new testament? there have been many great books written by Christians on our Faith. I think the Deuterocanonical books could be counted among them, I just don’t think they are scripture.
The Bible is not a book. It is a COLLECTION of 66 books, written over a span of 1600 years, across three continents by over 40 writers inspired by God in three languages.
39 in the Old Testament, and 27 in the New Testament.
The anti-Christian catholic cult tried to add 7 extra books, but these were never considered Scripture.
They are not, and have never been, in the Jewish canon.
Josephus explicitly excluded them from his list.
Philo (20 B.C.-50 A.D.) neither mentions or quotes them.
They were never quoted or alluded to by Jesus Christ or any of the apostles. The sermapocryphal events.
Jewish scholars meeting at the Council of Jabneh did not recognize them.
Most Church Fathers in fact rejected them.
None of the Apocrypha claim inspiration or divine authority.
Many of the Apocryphal books contain historical, geographical, and chronological errors.
Many of the Apocryphal books teach heresy, contrary to the Word of God.
Their literary style is legendary and fantasy. Some stories are grotesque and demonic.
They lack the power and distinctive elements of the Word of God.
Honestly, the strongest evidence of this comes from Maccabees. Maccabees is very clear that there were no prophets in those days. How can a book be inspired by God when the book itself claims that the Holy Spirit didn’t inspire anyone during the time it was written?
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The Jews (who were the “entrusted with the oracles of God”) didn’t accept them as scripture for the same reason. Beyond that, the Septuagint was created in direct violation of the command of God. Further, many of the early church fathers didn’t accept them (including a Pope in the 7th century)
Depends on which Bible you choose. The original, before Luther, had a total of 73. 46 in the Old Testament, 27 in the New Testament. That bible is now mostly considered the Catholic Bible. But Luther removed what is now (by non-Catholics) as the deuterocanonical books. Those Bibles have 66 total books. 39 in the Old Testament 27 in the New Testament.
The Jewish have removed the same OT books from their canon as well. And the Catholic Church doesn’t use the those books that remained as much but they are still part of the Canon assembled and used as it is now in about the 3rd century. Many of the books now in Canon were already in use but the Church had to eventually make it official.
Unfortunately the Church didn’t keep exceptional Historical records when everything had to be hand written. Bibles were so expensive most couldn’t own one. The Church had to keep them chained so they’d not be stolen. They cost more than most people made in one year and typically each church only owned one. They couldn’t afford to lose it or let it be damaged. The invention of the printing press in the 15th century changed that. But even those first printed bibles had the 73 original Canon.
The deuterocanonical books were removed mid 16th century.
I believe though I might be wrong that the Orthodox have retained the deuterocanonical books.
And of course both the Catholic and Protestant Bibles have many different versions and translations. But the number of books are the same as stated above no matter which translation is used.
However, in the Catholic and Orthodox traditions, there are a total of 14 “deuto-canonical” (second canon) books in the OT, which do not appear in the protestant Bible.
These 14 books, commonly referred to as the “Apocrypha,” were taken out of the protestant Bible for a variety of reasons. Most notably, the books teach different doctrine from scripture and, despite having been written before Christ, were never recognized by the Jews as divinely inspired. Additionally, the books of the Apocrypha were not on the earliest known canonical lists for the scriptures. There are more reasons, but I won’t go into them in depth right now.
So, in my view (and the view of protestant Christianity as a whole), the Bible contains a total of 66 books – 39 in the OT and 27 in the NT.
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Books of the Bible in Canonical Order (Old Testament)
The Book of Genesis, the first book of the Hebrew Bible and the Old Testament, is Judaism’s account of the creation of the world and the origins of the Jewish people. It is divisible into two parts, the primeval history and the ancestral history.
Song of Songs
Books of the Bible in Canonical Order (New Testament)